Concept: The Babylonian Plague Whelp It was around 585 BCE when the first mention of the Plague Whelp was made in a letter written by Uhsus, a Babylonian priest and scholar whose description of "a six-limbed leviathan covered in boils that rose from beneath the earth" encountered near the border of Persia would later be connected to reports of entire merchant convoys being reduced to wreckage. The only witnesses to such incidents were the occasional catatonic servant on a severely distressed or injured mount. Many such animals were immediately slaughtered, due to the plethora of as yet unheard of diseases festering in every wound such as rabies and hepatitis.
It would be almost a decade later that widespread belief in the beast was substantiated by a series of sinkholes swallowing whole farms overnight, leaving behind nothing but a few sick and dying livestock. Curiously, the only crops never touched were chickpeas and other legumes, which by sheerest coincidence the Plague Whelp suffered an apparent allergy to. Traps using buried bean plants were later successfully used to corral the monster; however, the creature lay trapped beneath the private gardens of Amytis of Media, the wife of king Nebuchadnezzar II.
The monarch decided to erect a perimeter wall and a series of massive stone columns shackling the beast's protruding horns to the ground where every available bean plant in the city-state was transplanted. To make up for the loss of his wife's ground-level gardens, the king had his engineers design a gargantuan system of layered gardens upon the pillars, which were dedicated to the legendary Assyrian queen Semiramis. What we now know as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon stood for over four centuries on top of the beast's makeshift grave, while the roots of the toxic legumes entwined and entrapped the threat.
During the second century BCE it is commonly believed the gardens were brought down by a series of earthquakes. It is unknown at this point whether the quakes were real, or if the rumblings were a desperate play for freedom by the enormous prisoner, although the remaining wreckage never yielded evidence of the creature. To this day, residents of certain tribal settlements in the region still whisper of the legend whenever the earth shakes or the animals fall mysteriously ill.
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Buried in the catacombs deep beneath the many rebuilds of the Mausoleum of Hacicarnassus, the parasitic Annelida Rethamus rides within the body of the last of the Golden Dragons.
The word ‘anarchy’ comes from the ancient Greek αναρχία in which αν meant ‘without’ and αρχία meant first a military ‘leader’ and then ‘ruler’. Anarchist society is one ‘without rulers’: a classless, non-hierarchical society.
“You need people like me.
You need people like me so you can point your grubby fingers and say, "That's the bad guy."" SKETCHY Book
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during the early construction of the roman Colosseum around 70AD a group of slaves discovered a dark chamber underneath the site. upon finding it they heard a faint voice that said not to come in but to get their ruler. Vespasian (the emperor of the time) was sent for. Vespasian entered the chamber to discover a frail but immense creature that could speak to him. the creature claimed that if Vespasian didn't create a passage to the above ground from his chamber, and feed him the blood of his people, he would destroy Rome by a series of devastating earthquakes.
Vespasian decided it was wise not to disobey this formidable beast and complied, hiding the beast and barring anyone under his rule from entering its chamber. his plan being to hold great gladiator battles above and to feed the blood to the insatiable giant below.
upon Vespasian's death in 79AD, the blood supply stopped with him. soon after a curious slave entered the forbidden chamber after finding a piece of fabric with a drawing on it (pictured above) in Vespasian's old chambers. the creature having fed for the last 9 years decided to make the slave his last meal, sucked him dry of blood, and went back into the ground from which it came, to hibernate for 2000 years when it would need to feed again. collapsing the chamber on its way out.
recently a team of explorers discovered the collapsed chamber, finding one full set of human bones, dried blood remnants from over 10,000 different humans (deciphered through DNA testing), and the small piece of fabric with the drawing and the words Cruentus Deus, latin for "blood god".
Alexandria was home to much of the ancient world's knowledge; any curious scholar would find themselves at home among the countless scrolls kept in the libraries of that great city.
Some of the city's scholarly inhabitants, however, were not human. To keep the fires in the city's great lighthouse burning, Alexandrians would lure powerful dragons from the East. These majestic creatures were fascinated by the writings of western thinkers. They would happily use their magical fire to light the beacon of Alexandria's lighthouse, as long as the were provided a dedicated chamber in the lighthouse, and selected manuscripts to study. Here, a young T'ien Lung pores over an ancient manuscript as the lighthouse beacon blazes overhead.
I wish I had more time to complete this.... WIPs are in the other thread.
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Concept: Xolotl Cryptozoologists had long hoped for evidence of the creature which inspired the numerous representations of Quetzalcoatl at Chichen Itza. In 2012 a team from Dammstadt University received funding for the purpose of exploring the Chichen Itza site in hopes of discovering traces of the long-lost beast. They fixed their hopes on the massive Kukulkan Pyramid, it being the most obvious and prominent landmark on site. Much to their disappointment, not only did they fail to find any physical remains, but they found no records or documents which could be considered conclusive. With heavy hearts they turned their instruments on the rest of the site...
It was Professor Jermyn who found that ill-fated stone tablet, written in the same pictoglyphs commonly associated with the Popol Vuh. It detailed a massive sliding apparatus, a stone altar placed on smooth runners which was used to cover a subterranean prison - the so called Platform of Venus. With more enthusiasm than forethought the team eagerly began excavation, believing that any creature must surely be dead by now. What they discovered was a beast beyond their wildest predictions, over 30m in length with fantastic plumage - the feathers often extending 2m or more. It was a disaster, the team was slain and the surrounding area torn up in great furrows for kilometres around. Hundreds have been eaten, thousands displaced... if only the team had heeded the stone tablet:
"Xolotl of the one golden eye,
jealous lover of the morning sun.
His cruel dog's head, his reaching claws,
furious rage and boundless hunger.
Xolotl of the crooked leg,
who would devour the very skies,
were he not buried in earth."
On a personal note - there's a lot I would change about this in retrospect (like the final size, the scale drawing, and much of the lighting techniques), and I am terrible at backgrounds, lol. But I also learned a lot while doing it, so my next COW will be all the better
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The Golden Yekal inhibited northern China and was worshipped as living gods walking the earth. They had long and slender bodys, short velvetlike fur, strong limbs and horns that kept growing their entire life. It was punishable by death to harm one and numerous altars was built to leave offerings for them. Over time these altars were connected and formed a Great Wall where the Yekals lived a lazy life in luxury. The wall served as a playground for the playful Yekals and there was plenty of food offered at the altars and the houses gave the creatures warm and dry space to sleep and to raise their youngs. It is belived that they became so spoiled that when the majority of the people in northern China was killed in the wars that ravaged the country between 3d and 5th century CE and the offerings stopped they either perished or moved on. The last recorded sighting of one was in december, 582 CE.
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Concept: Camazotz The beast of Machu Picchu. Legend has it that the vampire bat desmodus rotundus was spawned from a larger cousin now extinct. Natives say that these bats whom are decedents of Chamazotz may chew the heads clean off there victims. The Bat people of Machu Picchu whom base their life style off the large vampire bats give sacrafice to their beloved lord when the Chamazotz return to nest.
Kudurru means an inscribed stone deed in the ancient Babylonian tongue. The ivory beast Nebuchadnezzar II discovered in an oasis in his conquering of Judah was never named. It was only known as Nebuchadnezzar's property. The beast possessed a keen ability to read people's thoughts and intents. As a horse knows when it's master is afraid, the beast knew when a man was lying, deceitful, hostile. Nebuchadnezzar fell in love with the beast and it became his chief test for those accused of treason. He built the beast a great garden of the plants found in its oasis, to act as it's court to judge those accused of treason and heresy. The gardens were nicknamed the Hanging Gardens. Publicly it was because the gardens tiered structure caused a hanging of much ivy, vines and trees over the ledges of the structure. In truth, the court was called such because criminals sent to be judged by the beast were hung for their crimes, usually in the chambers beneath the garden. Amyitis, his wife, became jealous of Nebuchadnezzar's favoring the beast over her and plotted against it. Before she could be tried for plotting against the emperor and his pet she snuck into the hanging gardens and slit it's throat. The psychic energy released at it's death had a traumatic effect on Amyitis and she went insane over the next month. She eventually died by jumping from the highest point of the hanging gardens into the city below.
Tasounaes is the creature living in the Chichen Iza. It's started with a group of anthropologists tried to examine what's inside the dome. Before that tourists around said they heard some kind of noise inside. When the anthrolopologists went inside there, found the creature. It seemed so hungry and easily grabbed 3 of their team members. Now, military took over the area and dealt with the creature.
It uses spider web like net to capture whoever on its way, and swallow it.
Concept: Tiamat Tiamat, an elusive and chaotic goddess, who appears in the form of a huge dragon, or a malevolent queen. She comes and goes as she pleases by laying her eggs upon the earth in hopes of entering the adult form of a dragon in which she instills her ethereal wrath. She is truly a hideous beast of ancient and primordial world. When she appears the world is left reeling in destruction, or flourishing from the ousting of other opposing deities. Her followers are wild at heart and kneel before her great, rash power.
Her last visit to this material plane was to the great kingdom of Babylon, where she lived in luxury as a queen with the great King Nebuchadnezzar II. However their affair did not last. She was further shamed and enraged to hear of the beautiful hanging gardens he built for his new queen Amytis. Tiamat swore revenge and laid one of her dragon eggs in the bowels of the gardens sewer. In these rank depths, her spawn grew until the day it would grow large enough level the gardens and the city of Babylon for the King's insolence towards Tiamat.
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